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: The Council of Europe 1949-1959

The Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon. Harold Macmillan M.P., opens the ceremony commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Council.

Addresses are given by The Chairman of the Committee of Ministers, The Lord Chancellor Viscount Kilmuir, The President of the Consultative Assembly, The Rt. Hon. John Edwards, O.B.E., M.P., The Secretary-General of the Council, Signor Lodovico Benvenuti
Scene in St. James's Palace described by Richard Dimbleby.

On May 6, 1949, representatives of ten European nations brought the Council of Europe into existence by signing the Statute in the Queen Anne Room of St. James's Palace. The first article of the Statute states that the aim of the Council is to achieve a greater unity between its members for the purpose of safeguarding and realising the ideals and principles which are their common heritage, and facilitating their economic and social progress.

(to 12.15 app.)


Speaker: The Rt. Hon. Harold MacMillan
Speaker: The Lord Chancellor Viscount Kilmuir
Speaker: The Rt. Hon. John Edwards
Speaker: Signor Lodovico Benvenuti
Commentator: Richard Dimbleby

: Beunydd

(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Holme Moss and Sutton Coldfield only)
(to 13.15)

: For the Schools: The Insect World: 3 - Ants

by David Attenborough
Ants are social insects, like honey bees, and live in colonies. There are many kinds in Britain, including the black ant and the wood ant.
Driver ants are always on the move and Amazon ants raid other nests for slaves. In many ways ants are the most remarkable of all insects, and this programme illustrates some of their fascinating activities.
Produced by Eric Simms.
(BBC recording)
Repeated on Friday at 11.20am.


Presenter: David Attenborough
Producer: Eric Simms

: Watch with Mother: Picture Book

For the Very Young
Pages turned by Patricia Driscoll.
(BBC film)


Presenter: Patricia Driscoll
Editor: Maria Bird

: Mainly for Women

Your Turn Now
A programme of home-made entertainment with Archie McCulloch in London.
Guest Star, Russ Conway
At the organ, Andrew Fenner

3.15 Keep Fit with Eileen Fowler
From the BBC's Midland television studio

(to 15.30)


Presenter (Your Turn Now): Archie McCulloch
Pianist/guest star (Your Turn Now): Russ Conway
Organist (Your Turn Now): Andrew Fenner
Producer (Your Turn Now): Richard Gilbert
Exerciser (Keep Fit): Eileen Fowler
Arranged by (Keep Fit): Ann Shead
Music arranged and played by (Keep Fit): Helen Shields
Presented by (Keep Fit): Desmond O'Leary

: Children's Television: The Wolf and the Seven Kids

A Russian cartoon film.
The big bad wolf is after mother kid's family, but all the animals combine to help them.

: Children's Television: Focus

Vera McKechnie introduces Your Monday Magazine.

Here and There
with Commander Sir Stephen King-Hall.

George Cansdale's Animal Tour: 1 - London
In which he takes a look at your pets.

Swordsmen and Swords Through the Ages
with Terry Baker.

How to Become a Musician
by Stan Unwin.

The Artemis String Quartet

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Presenter: Vera McKechnie
Item presenter (Here and There): Commander Sir Stephen King-Hall
Item presenter (George Cansdale's Animal Tour): George Cansdale
Item presenter (Swordsmen and Swords Through the Ages): Terry Baker
Comedian (How to Become a Musician): Stan Unwin
Musicians: The Artemis String Quartet
Producer: Leonard Chase

: News Headlines; Sports News; The Weather

On transmitters serving the areas:
6.10 News for Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the English Regions
News from Wales: 6.15-6.20

: The Burns and Allen Show: Return to California

Starring George Burns and Gracie Allen in the film Return to California

George and Gracie, the Mortons, and Harry von Zell, all decide to pay a surprise visit to their own homes in California. Unfortunately for the weary travellers, Ronnie and a few of his friends get there first.


Himself: George Burns
Herself: Gracie Allen

: Tonight

Look around with Cliff Michelmore.
with Derek Hart and, this week, Noel Harrison


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Reporter: Derek Hart
Singer/guitarist: Noel Harrison
Producer: Alasdair Milne

: News Summary

and Cricket: close of play scores

: This Is Your Life

Eamonn Andrews says This Is Your Life to ?
(BBC recording)
('This Is Your Life' is devised by Ralph Edwards)


Presenter: Eamonn Andrews
Script and research: Liam Nolan
The 'This Is Your Life' theme written by: James Turner
The Orchestra under the direction of: George Clouston
The programme directed by: Vere Lorrimer
Producer: T. Leslie Jackson

: The Infamous John Friend: Episode 5

by Mrs. R.S. Garnet
Dramatised in eight episodes by A.R. Rawlinson
[Starring] William Lucas as John Friend
with Barry Foster, David Peel


Author: Mrs. R.S. Garnet
Dramatised by: A.R. Rawlinson
Producer: Chloe Gibson
Film Cameraman: Ken Higgins
Film Editor: James Colina
Fight arranged by: Terry Baker
Designer: Fanny Taylor
John Friend: William Lucas
Francois Sauvignac: David Peel
William North: Barry Foster
Dolly Rayner: Jasmine Greenfield
Mrs. Rayner: Mary Hignett
Farmer Rayner: Michael Brennan
Farmhand: Terry Baker
Jack Rangsley: Bernard Kay
First Sailor: Roy Smith
Second Sailor: Victor Charrinoton
Jonas Belter: Richard Holden
Jenny Rangsley: Sally Miles
First Constable: Ivan Owen
Second Constable: Glyn Jones
First Smuggler: Nicholas Selby
Second Smuggler: Eugene Leahy

: Panorama

The Weekly Window on the World
Panorama cameras focus on People-Places-Problems that make news.
Introduced by Richard Dimbleby with the Panorama team of commentators.


Presenter: Richard Dimbleby
Edited and produced by: Rex Moorfoot
Associate producer: David Wheeler
Associate producer: Kenneth Lamb

: The Phil Silvers Show: Bilko's Schooldays

Starring Phil Silvers as Sergeant Bilko.

A new training school moves into Fort Baxter, and Bilko gleefully anticipates the money he will make out of the unsuspecting raw recruits. But it is Bilko who learns the lesson when they turn out to be trainee military policemen!
(Repeated on Thursday at 6.20)


Sergeant Bilko: Phil Silvers

: Shirley Abicair

sings with her zither songs from the Snowy Mountains.


Singer/zitherist: Shirley Abicair
Presented by: Ned Sherrin

: The Town Hall and You

A Party Political Broadcast on behalf of the Conservative and Unionist Party.

: Thursday's Children

Richard Burton is the narrator of the award-winning film.

Written and directed by Guy Brenton and Lindsay Anderson.
'Thursday's child has far to go...' and this is specially true of the child who is deaf. But much can be done and much is being done to help and encourage such children to lead a full and happy life.


Narrator: Richard Burton
Writer/director: Guy Brenton
Writer/director: Lindsay Anderson

: The Sky at Night: The Shape of our Galaxy

Patrick Moore discusses with Dr Harlow Shapley, former Director of Harvard College Observatory and one of the world's leading astronomers, our island of stars in the Universe, of which the solar system forms a minute and insignificant part.
A regular monthly series.


Presenter: Patrick Moore
Guest: Dr Harlow Shapley
Presented by: Paul Johnstone

: Weather and Close Down

Viewers whose sets are tuned to Rowridge will see 'View of the South-West' from 10.30-11.0. and 'Thursday's Children' at 11.0. followed by Weather and Close Down

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